Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Retro Toy Chest Day 2 - Little People and McDonald's

Little People is a line of preschool toys produced by Fisher-Price since 1950. Since then, they have evolved several times. One of the most iconic playsets, the Play Family Barn (with doors that ''mooed'' when opened) was introduced in 1968. At the same time, Little People made the transition from wood to plastic. It seems everyone had Little People in their home at one time or another growing up.

Mean Kid and Dog by bucky

From the desk of bucky:
As mentioned above, if you grew up anytime in the 70's or 80's, more than likely some of your first toys were Fisher Price Little People. I had the typical assortment as a kid, with the barn, some cars, the plane, and quite a few people. Some were hand me downs and the people were wooden, and some were plastic. I thought it'd be fun to have a representation of Little People in Retro Toy Chest, and went for a couple of characters that always stuck out, being the Mean Kid and the Dog. When you go to make a custom of a toy that literally had no arm and legs, it let's you have a little more creative freedom during the translation. Here, the kid never grew up and still likes to cause trouble. And as you can see, his dog's just about had enough of his shenanigans.

Head: Hit N Run 50th
Torso: Flint in Disguise
Arms: Flint in Disguise
Legs: Storm Shadow/Dusty 50th
Hat: Avacs Lab
Sticker: D&J Toys

Growing up in the 1980’s, McDonald’s commercials featuring Ronald McDonald, Grimace, the Hamburglar, the Fry Guys and all the others were a daily part of watching TV. They were on at all times of day. In television commercials, Ronald lives in a fantasy world called McDonaldland, and has adventures with his friends.

Ronald McDonald by Oreobuilder

When I was a kid, going to McDonald’s was a treat that was often associated with a prior trip to the dentist or a good report card. Since Ronald is as much associated with my childhood as Beta VCRs and Saturday morning cartoons, I thought it would be fun to include him in Retro Toy Chest II.

When it came time to give Ronald an accessory, I considered a bunch of options from hamburgers and cola to a heavy machine gun. I wanted to make something funny, silly and cartoony that works with the style of the figure. I thought that a big honkin’ purple bazooka that shoots milk shake fit the bill.

Head, feet: Happy Meal PVC toy
Torso, arms: 25th Cobra Trooper
Upper legs: RoC Destro
Lower legs: 25th Hawk
Gun: 30th Cobra Viper rocket launcher with added MASS device elements tubes and S’ghetti hose.

Next: "The Legend Continues" with Dusty79 and from Bucky: "There are seven working defenses from this position. Three of them disarm with minimal contact. Three of them kill. The other - hurts"

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